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Legislators end day 2 of redistricting special session

Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 7:14 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 6:16 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The second day of the special session on redistricting ended quicker than expected.

Friday was the day for committees to look at the proposed maps down to the streets the lines could cut in half. The House State Government Committee took a look at both the Congressional and state House maps.

During the committee meeting concerns that were continuously brought up were the short time frame the legislature has to complete the maps and the transparency behind the process of creating them.

“I think we’re kind of putting the cart before the horse in terms of rushing to get these maps drawn,” said Rep. Kelvin Lawrence.

Representatives running for another term were able to weigh in on how their districts were drawn. According to Rep. Chris Pringle, the sponsor of the two bills, the maps were not drawn specifically with race in mind. He says racial polarization studies were only done in areas where it could be a large factor.

“To make sure that we protect the ability of minority citizens to elect the candidate of their choosing and we don’t do anything either intentionally or unintentionally to diminish that ability,” said Pringle. “And what those analysis tell us is did we do anything that would jeopardize their right to elect the people they want.”

For Lawrence, that’s not enough. He requests that racial polarization study be done on the entire map.

“The requirements are to do a racial polarized study. Then we need to do that instead of saying race is not an issue if we haven’t done the study that proves that race is not an issue,” said Lawrence.

The study could help democrats as they continue to ask for another majority-minority congressional district.

“If we can’t get a second majority-minority district, or we can at least have minorities in another congressional district that can really effect and determine the outcome of that district,” said Lawrence.

Both maps received a favorable vote from the committee.

Legislators plan to continue their work Monday afternoon.

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